For there to be order or achievement of a set vision within a team of individuals, there must be regulations to guide through. When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He gave them instructions on what to do and not to do. In Exodus, God gave Moses a tablet containing the Ten Commandments that would guide the relationship with His people and their relationship with one another. As much as some of these regulations were not followed, they were to act as guidelines to proper relationship and achievement of goals.
In leadership, it is no different. For effective transformational leadership, one must be guided by few principles.
- Create a realistic vision – Have a clear vision of where you want to take the team. Commit yourself to achieve the same.
- Share the vision – Capture your team’s imagination with creative and innovative ideas to enable ownership of the vision. It enables others to understand how their responsibilities fit in with the vision.
- Lead by example – Be the shepherd who leads his flock from the front. Become a Servant Leader. It is not enough to simply expect the team to get there.
- Challenge practice – Be willing to innovate creative and new ways of looking into the addressing the needs of the team.
- Empower others – Encouragement and inspiration is not everything. A good coach will celebrate, encourage, suffer, teach, rise, and fall along with the team. Be a catalyst and spark actions in others.
- Create an emergency rescue – As a leader you need have to plan B when you are working on your vision. Ask yourself, what could go wrong and then consider the possibilities of a way out.
- Conflict resolution – Develop a model to resolve conflicts that may arise among the team members in their aspiration to achieve the vision.
- Evaluate progress – Feedback is important in leadership. Always evaluate strengths and weaknesses. Consider how much of the shared vision has been achieved, challenges faced thus far and how to respond to them.
- Appreciate efforts – Reward those that contribute positively to the vision, push those who are lagging behind and where possible replace those who are non-performers; Otherwise, you will not go anywhere.
- Mentorship – A good leader must always mentor other people who can amicably take up responsibilities when he/she moves on.
The above commandments have been enthused by Kouzes and Posner after a survey in the US on the common characteristics of leaders with reference to what they admire and would willingly follow.